Success of cold call clamp down in Glenrothes praised

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The success of a police and council clampdown on doorstep crime must be rolled out to other areas of Glenrothes, say town councillors.

The call comes after Chief Inspector Nicola Shepherd told the town’s area committee this month that the result of the ‘Cold Call Zone’ pilot introduced in Woodside earlier this year had a massive impact on the reduction of doorstep crime in the area.

The initiative had reduced crime and the calls relating to suspicious work offered to vulnerable or elderly residents to “practically zero”, she told councillors.

The reduction was also a result of last year’s major success with Operation Nominate- which saw multiple arrest across the Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy area and smashed an organised crime gang that responsible for more than £2.5 million of crime in the region.

“Whether we have driven the criminal elsewhere is yet to be seen, but the results are certainly encouraging for Glenrothes residents,” saidChief Inspector Shepherd.

“The message is getting to those responsible for his type of criminality that we will not tolerate it and will seek to eliminated it.”

Councillor Ian Sloan praised the pilot and called for the initiative to be introduced elsewhere.

He added: “A joint approach between police and Fife Council regarding this issue will prove of great benefit to other communities and bring a level of reassurance to to residents, especially those are the target of this type of criminality.”